So I got to reading about Luke this weekend and found out that Luke Skywalker did eventually fall to the dark side of the force! I know!! Trust me this is HUGE for me because I never knew that happened to him. Seeing as I am really a Star Wars cinematic universe fan rather than an EU and I am not all that keen on “what is” and “what isn’t” canon (because it’s just so confusing now), this is a big deal.
So this is where I read about Luke succumbing to the dark side of the force in order to beat the cloned Emperor:
According to that web page, it’s canon and part of Legends. So when people are saying Luke never fell to the dark side, I am guessing they are not including any of this Legends content in their critique of the Star Wars universe. Hence my reason why I mentioned the whole canon thing being a little confusing.
UPDATE: Please note that Luke’s appearance above IS NOT CANON. Thanks to Tina for clarifying that. So technically, Luke has never succumbed to the dark side. That still doesn’t explain his force choking or using force crush in The Mandalorian’s season two finale.
But the reason for my post is during the scene in The Mandalorian where Jedi Luke Skywalker is shredding through the Dark Troopers, the very last one he attacks seems to be imploded or crushed with the closing of his fist. I do not know if this is a light side ability because it seems more like this ability which is a dark side power:
This ability lifted the opponent into the air, and as they were floating, their body literally imploded as it was crushed from within by the Force.
Stated as being “the darkest” force ability known to the Sith and the Jedi meaning Jedi were most likely able to learn it if they had mastered the dark side of the force. Perhaps this is what Luke has done, making him an even more powerful Jedi.
There are Jedi who use both light and dark sides of the force – Mace Windu is one such Jedi Master who manipulates both sides of the force. So it’s not that big a stretch to say that Luke has mastered the same abilities in his training, particularly since it’s canon that he did indeed succumb to the dark side’s influence to defeat the cloned Emperor Palpatine.
What do you think about this? Did you know that Luke had ventured towards the dark side?
Let me know in the comments friends 🙂
Stay safe out there, keep creating and I’ll catch you in tomorrow’s post!